Weekend in Wellington
I had a lovely trip to Wellington this past weekend. Four other girls and myself departed Thursday evening after classes. I still can't get over how easy traveling within New Zealand is: no liquid rules, no clothes-strip-down in security, and hardly any line for security for that matter! It took us probably under a minute to go through security! Anyway, we celebrated Katie's 21st birthday at midnight by buying her drinks at a local bar, and then had a deep sleep in our hostel. On Friday, we went to Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand. It was really cool but very tiring--we were there for over 3 hours. After a great lunch at Sweet Mother's Kitchen (a restaurant inspired by the American South), we shopped around Cuba Street, which had a lot of character.
On Saturday, we visited the Parliament buildings and then took a cable car up to the Botanic Gardens, which had amazing flowers and plants, though the rose garden wasn't in bloom yet. The city of Wellington is very reminiscent of San Francisco, with buses running on cables, steep streets, and a non-parallel city layout. It had the same small but big city feel, not quite as overwhelming as Auckland (and New York).
We made it back to Auckland on Saturday in time for our No Pants Punk party--you had to dress like a punk (I had some trouble with this) and wear underwear (I went in men's boxers). It was an unusual theme but ended up being pretty successful. I even managed to find a fake lip ring to make myself look a little more punk.
Last week of classes this week, then find the best way to enjoy my last month in New Zealand while preparing for my exams as well. Hope all is well! Cheers!